(11/7/20) Jim Allen, Stockton, CA … Justin Sanders put forward a dominating green-to-checkered victory performance Saturday night at the Stockton Dirt Track to claim the Tribute to Gary Patterson race in NARC King of the West Fujitsu Sprint Car Series action.
Sanders, driving Larry Antaya’s potent Alkaline 88 Water/Fire Protection Management sprint car, started the 25-lap affair on the outside of the front row and had to survive several caution periods on his way to his sixth series victory.
On the first attempt to get the show underway, polesitter Chase Johnson flipped wildly over the third turn embankment to bring out the red flag. Luckily, despite the carnage, he walked away unhurt. Two other caution flags in the first couple of laps slowed the action. However, on the ensuing restart, Sanders jumped out front and spent the first couple of laps fending off the repeated challenges of Rico Abreu. However, it didn’t take long before Sanders motored out to a healthy 10-car length advantage.
Blake Carrick brought out the second race stoppage of the race on lap seven when the 16-year old jumped a rut in turn one and vaulted over the second corner. Carrick emerged from his damaged car unhurt.
Once the race restarted, Sanders essentially took no prisoners, mastered slower traffic and cruised to a $3000 payday.
“I felt I was all over the place at times,” said Sanders in victory lane, referring to the tough track surface. “But I knew Rico was back there so I wasn’t taking and chances. I got a little worried in lap traffic a couple of times, but this car was awesome all night long. A big thank you to Larry Antaya and the team for giving me a great race car.”
Abreu, who started the night as quick qualifier, scored second aboard his Abreu Vineyards sprint car and eighth starter DJ Netto secured the final podium spot in his Netto Ag KPC. Bud Kaeding earned the Swift Metal Finishing Hardcharger award finishing fourth after starting 12th aboard the Al’s Roofing Supply/Alviso Rock Maxim.
Austin McCarl, who survived a red flag heat race adventure of his own driving the Roth Motorsports KPC, Justyn Cox, 14th starter Matt Streeter, and Mark Barroso were the only other cars still running at the checkered.
FUJITSU FEATURE EVENT (25-laps): Justin Sanders, Rico Abreu, DJ Netto, Bud Kaeding, Austin McCarl, Justyn Cox, Matt Streeter, Mark Barroso, Shane Golobic, Blake Carrick, JJ Ringo, Craig Stidham, Stephen Ingraham, Kyle Offill, Buddy Kofoid, Jason Bright, Chase Johnson.
LAP LEADERS: Sanders 1-25
ARP FAST QUALIFIER : Rico Abreu 12.579 seconds
BROWN & MILLER RACING SOLUTIONS FIRST HEAT (8 laps): Justin Sanders, DJ Netto, Rico Abreu, Shane Golobic, JJ Ringo, Stephen Ingraham
FK ROD ENDS SECOND HEAT (8 laps): Craig Stidham, Blake Carrick, Justyn Cox, Mark Barroso, Austin McCarl, Jason Bright
FLORACING.COM THIRD HEAT (8 laps): Chase Johnson, Buddy Kofoid, Bud Kaeding, Matt Streeter, Sean Becker, Kyle Offill
SUNNYVALLEY BACON DASH (6 laps): Chase Johnson, Justin Sanders, Craig Stidham, Rico Abreu, Blake Carrick, Buddy Kofoid